Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Lead - IARC

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Classification:Research Professional 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) at the International Arctic Research Center is recruiting for a position to lead the Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network (AK TRLN). The AK TRLN is a support system designed for Alaska Tribes and Indigenous communities that are working towards their climate adaptation priorities, especially those that have received Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program funding. If you are interested in actively supporting the mission, strategic direction, and broad work of the AK CASC and IARC, particularly advancing transformative work with Alaska Tribes and Indigenous communities, we encourage you to apply! Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.


10Coordinate and Network: Develop and maintain working relationships with relevant local, tribal, state, and federal personnel and non-governmental organizations. Network with tribal science liaisons in Alaska and the US to identify climate adaptation research, policy, funding, or other needs for federal partners to advance climate adaptation for tribes or non-tribal professionals facing similar climate adaptation challenges. Attend workshops and meetings to enhance job performance and knowledge.Essential
15Tribal/Community Partnerships: Lead efforts to identify tribal climate science needs via dialog with tribal community members and discussions with researchers. Lead collaborative efforts assisting communities to identify and prioritize resilience and adaptation plans and projects.Essential
25Outreach and Programming: Lead the development and conducting of outreach and programming on tribal climate-impact related issues, concerns, and adaptation strategies across Alaska. Lead development of program outreach activities and materials. This may include leading employees in developing and maintaining the program website through content creation, management, as well as coordination with technical personnel, as well as planning and publicizing events, managing communication, leading discussions, and ensuring follow-up with stakeholder and participants. Respond to information requests from diverse stakeholders. Oversee planning/logistics and organization of regional events.Essential
25Research and Synthesis: Provide strategic direction and participate, including as principal investigator (PI), in the development of project proposals to secure funding for implementation, research, and extension projects. Lead collaborative efforts to synthesize and facilitate the transfer of science-based information on climate change to Alaska Native tribes. Lead collaborative efforts to compile and synthesize tribal and regional climate research and information. Lead, mentor, and/or supervise research professionals, students,technicians, and technical staff in achieving objectives of program initiatives and research results.Essential
25Strategic Direction: Lead efforts to assist the climate science community in general and the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) specifically in working cross-culturally, collaboratively, and responsively with Alaska Native and Indigenous populations. Act as a member of the AK CASC leadership assisting with overall organizational mission and objectives and serving as the official expert for programmatic efforts involving Alaska Native tribes. Represent the AK CASC within the national CASC network on all issues involving tribes and indigenous populations. Develop, strengthen, and expand contacts at the community and leadership level across Alaska Native and Indigenous populations.Essential

UAF COVID Requirements

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2022, or before their start date if after January 18, 2022.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contracts.

Additional Position Details:

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.  While there may be a current opportunity for remote work, the successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office no later than 60 days from written notice provided by the university.


Ability to communicate and coordinate effectively across diverse audiences, including federal and state agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations. This includes: comprehending and representing diverse interests; articulating relevant science issues and projects to tribal communities, non-scientists, and researchers; identifying and articulating emerging issues in the context of climate change adaptation of tribal communities.

Knowledge of consensus building and group facilitation process amongst Indigenous Peoples, across generations, and for diverse audiences, including across multiple cultures and research disciplines.

Knowledge of and familiarity with climate-related impacts facing tribes in Alaska.

Ability to work independently and act as part of a team that seeks to advance knowledge sharing.

Advanced ability to lead the work of others by delegation of tasks, providing guidance, and reviewing work.

Ability to scan, analyze, and summarize emerging issues from existing documents (e.g., workshop reports, needs assessments, conferences).

Ability to write reports, correspondence, and other forms of communication.

Advanced program/project management skills, including ability to implement project objectives and assisting with budgets.

Knowledge of current resilience and climate adaptation projects and partners in Alaska.

Ability to travel, inclusive of travel for field work with Alaska Indigenous Peoples, tribes, and communities.

Advanced knowledge of research methods, analytic procedures, and peer-review publication processes.

Proven ability to get work published in a refereed publication.

Knowledge of grant writing procedures and the ability to secure monies from external entities.

Required Education and Experience: 

A Master’s Degree in Indigenous studies, social science, natural resources, physical science, cross-cultural studies, or relevant related fields and at least four years of experience in a field relevant to the position.

Knowledge and a minimum of 4 years of experience working with Alaska Native Communities, including an understanding of traditional knowledge and cultural protocols.

Must have 4 years of first-hand knowledge and experience of the intricacies/complexities, components of and challenges to Indigenous livelihood, and a sound understanding of Indigenous values and ways of knowing.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 11/15/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 11/16/2021. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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